Electric motor & rheostat to vary blower speed?

The owners of a condominium apartment block in a temperate west coast climate are looking for ways to adjust the incoming air volume of a rooftop blower continuously supplying outdoor-temperature pressurization air to the hallways (ie. low volume in winter, medium volume in spring and fall, high volume in summer).
I'd appreciate your feedback on whether it will be practical and safe to use a rheostat to vary the speed of the blower powered by an electric motor, and whether there might be a better way to adjust the volume of unheated/uncooled air which must be delivered non-stop.
1/4hp, 1725rpm, 6-pole 120vAC motor Belt-driven Delhi G9 standard squirrel cage air blower
Thanks in advance for your replies. Darro
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darro@no_email.com wrote:

No, you can't use a rheostat in that application. The motor you describe is designed to run at its rated speed when operated on 60 Hz power.
Some of the things you could do would be:
1. Change the motor to a multispeed (most have just two speeds) type and install appropriate switching to change speeds when desired.
2. Get another slower speed motor and couple the two motors together mechanically, maybe through the belt drive, then install switches to run the proper motor for the speed you need.
3. Change the motor to a three phase type and buy a variable frequency drive controller to suit it, one which derives its operating power from the single phase power line. (Expensive, but speed is continuously adjustable.)
4. Change pully sizes seasonally (A big PIA.)
5. Have you considered just installing a damper system on the input side of the blower?
HYH,
Jeff
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darro@no_email.com wrote:

One more idea occurred to me while driving us home tonight.
How about a simple timer to vary the on-off duty cycle of the present blower, cycling it on maybe three times an hour for time periods which get adjusted seasonally?
Jeff
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